BABY COOKIES/ Pitter-Patter

I took a few weeks off from blogging to work on some projects that have been on my to do list awhile, and in January I reached my 5th anniversary in the blogosphere. Since this is my first post beginning my sixth year of blogging, baby cookies to celebrate a new addition to the family tree seem to make sense.

The world welcomed Cooper, the first grandchild for my cousin and his wife, and the first child for his son and daughter-in-law. For this genealogy buff, it is always exciting to add another branch to the family tree. Baby Cooper's grandfather is my first cousin since our mothers are sisters and we share grandparents. His son (Cooper's Daddy), is my first cousin, once removed. Baby Cooper is my first-cousin, twice removed. Basically, we are all first cousins and removed simply denotes the number of generations from the first cousin.

These sweet treats to get the new parents through those late-night feedings, were airbrushed in pearl and stenciled with the baby's monogram and baby footprints.

Monogram Cookies
Plaque Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted White with AmeriColor Super White
Royal Icing for outlining tinted Baby Blue with Wilton Blue and Wilton Black
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
Stencils (Narrow Stripe, Harlequin, Chevron, Baby Footprints, Monogram)
AmeriColor Airbrush Sheen Color (Pearl)
Airbrush Kit

Outline cookie with #2 tip in white icing
Flood cookie with white icing. 

Let dry overnight.
 (Do not stack cookies until completely dry)

Place stencil on cookie. Spray with pearl airbrush color. Gently lift stencil. 

Let dry 30 minutes.

Center stencil on cookie. Spread blue icing with spatula. 

Remove excess icing with scraper. Gently lift stencil.

Follow same process using monogram stencil.
Let dry one hour.





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COOKIE FAVS/ Golden Rule

It’s that time of year again when we set goals to improve ourselves in various ways. Common are resolutions to lose a few pounds, get more exercise, spend more time with the kids, travel, learn to play a musical instrument, etc. Then there are the aspects of character such as being more tolerant, understanding, patient, empathetic, thoughtful, kind and in general, just a better person.

Last year the theme for the new year of 2017 was kindness which morphed into #don’t be mean in 2017.  Well, I'm not sure how that one worked out but we can give it another try in 2018. 

Kindness …. what a simple concept. We were taught kindness as children but sometimes it seems to have faded away. That is, until you hear about the empathy and generosity of people when tragedy strikes. So in this new year let’s spread The Golden Rule ‘to do unto others as you would have others do under to’ and remember, we are all in this together. Wishing you all good things in 2018.

To my readers, my wish for you is oodles of fun, endless smiles and many 
memorable moments in 2018. Happy New Year to you and yours.

  On display are a few of my favorite posts of 2017.

These Communion Dress Cookies for my grand niece's First Communion definitely rank at the top of my all-time favorites. The pearl stenciled rose design and pink accent flowers are darling, like our MK. In this post, I reminisce about my First Communion experience.

The Anchor Cookies reflect one of my favorite themes … nautical. The airbrushed stripes in lemon yellow, lime green and cherry red, accented with a navy blue anchor make me dream of a long sailing day on the Chesapeake Bay. So proud to have served in the Navy, I just had to share the photo of my Dad in his sailor blues … he was soooo cute!

Pastels are just perfect for this three-tier Pastel Vanilla Cake and the irresistible buttercream frosting. In this post, I chat about my search for the perfect buttercream recipe. I could go for a slice right now!

These dainty Snowflake Cookies using the brush embroidery technique are my favorite and the color combo is so pretty. It was the perfect design to tell the story of three sisters. My Aunt Betty, the youngest, so enjoyed this story and I hope you did too!

I have a confession to make about these Maryland Flag Cookies. I was not sure they would turn out the way I envisioned them. Mixing multiple airbrush colors and stencils was a challenge but I could not have been happier with the end result. They were a fun way to celebrate my nephew's post-graduate degree from the University of Maryland.

These Lilly Pulitzer-inspired cookies in bright, cheerful colors remind me that summer is just around the corner. In this post I reminisce about the bold fashion of the 1960's.

See you next year!





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STENCILED TREE COOKIES/ Wonderful Time of Year

I admit it … I'm corny, particularly at this time of year. I love my rock-n-roll, Elvis and Motown but my absolute favorites are Christmas songs. Who can resist the nostalgic tunes sung by the indelible voices of Bing, Perry, Dino, Andy, Sammy, Frank, Ella and Nat. Or the cheery lyrics about sleigh rides, winter wonderland, roasting chestnuts, reindeer games, boughs of holly, mistletoe, silver bells and a snowman named Frosty.

Dozens of holiday tunes were recorded during WWII and multitudes re-recorded by contemporary artists like Michael, Harry, Madonna, Bruce, Justin and Carrie. These melodies evoke childhood memories, have brought comfort to our military serving far from home and bring to mind those we love and lost. Just like so many of our holiday traditions, the season would not be the same without the unforgettable, beautiful hymns depicting a manger, drummer boy, merry gentlemen, heralded angels, noels, silent night and joy as we celebrate the birth of Christ. These musical treasures endure as each new generation learns the significance of the season. 

No matter how you celebrate the season,
greetings to you and yours for joy, love and good health.


Stenciled Christmas Tree Cookies
Christmas Tree Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Cream with Wilton Ivory
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
AmeriColor Airbrush Colors (Sky Blue, Avocado, Violet)
Stencils (Elegant Teardrops, Fair Isle Sweater, Falling Snow, Preppy Stripes, Diagonal Thin Stripe, Narrow Stripe)
Airbrush Machine

Outline cookie with #2 tip in cream icing. Flood cookie with cream icing. 
Let dry overnight.

Place stencil on cookie. 

Spray airbrush color onto cookie. Gently lift stencil. 

Let dry 60 minutes.




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